TV for Grownups

Dana Delany Returns to ‘China Beach’

Posted on 10/31/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentDana Delany is 57 and says she’s never felt better. “I’m not somebody who’s ever had a problem getting older. That doesn’t scare me,” says the raven-haired actress. “I like who I am now so much more than ever. I feel much more comfortable in my skin.” She was just an up-and-coming actress a quarter century ago when she starred in the groundbreaking Vietnam War drama China Beach.  In a breakthrough role as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy, Delany helped viewers …

Lillie McCloud: The X Factor’s “Sexy Grandma”

Posted on 10/28/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentWhen Lillie McCloud wowed the judges at her X Factor audition, it was a moment more than 50 years in the making. On the Sept. 11 season premiere, the 54-year-old McCloud, grandmother of seven, strolled onstage in a painted-on leather catsuit and belted out Cece Winans’ “Alabaster Box.” It left the celebrity judging panel agog (just watch the video below). >> Sign up for the AARP Travel Newsletter “Where have you been hiding?” Kelly Rowland wondered as the crowd behind …

Oprah Sunday Show Features Oldest Facebooker

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentEdythe Kirchmaier posts to Facebook a few times each week. Her “Likes” include Prince William and The Cheesecake Factory, and most of her comments are about her family; others concern her charity work for nonprofit Direct Relief, which delivers medical supplies to disaster sites around the globe. So how did Kirchmaier get more than 41,000 Facebook followers? She is 105, the world’s oldest Facebook user. That distinction brought the California resident all kinds of media attention this year. In January, her …

New Starz Miniseries Brings Jazz Center Stage

Posted on 10/19/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s the jazz that pulls you in to the mystery at the center of Dancing on the Edge, the new Starz miniseries that begins Saturday night at 10 before settling into the 9 p.m. timeslot on the pay-cable network for a five-week run. Set in London in the early 1930s, DOTE follows a group of black jazz musicians, the Louis Lester Band, as they rise to fame playing for the city’s upper crust. From the start, as a camera follows a …

TV Weddings: What Happens After “I Do”?

Posted on 10/17/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentWedding episodes are one of TV’s most reliable tropes. Fans love them because they bring together characters they adore, often after much will-they-or-won’t they drama. Networks love them because they often deliver big ratings and weeks of promotional build-up to the Big Day. Bones, Fox’s long-running crime procedural, is the latest show to send out the Save-the-Dates. This Monday night at 8, forensic anthropologist Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI agent Booth (David Boreanaz) will tie the knot. It’s been a …

Mark Cuban: Living Your Best Deals at Any Age

Posted on 10/7/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentGive Mark Cuban credit for getting things done.  He went from tapings of the hit ABC reality show Shark Tank to his long-awaited insider-trading trial last week (a civil suit involving a 2004 stock sale), purportedly dazzling admiring jury members, while still managing to keep up with myriad business demands. On top of it, he emailed fast answers to our questions.  Here, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner, 55, shares his thoughts on living your best deals at any age. Is …